Festivals. Last year I didn't apply for any as I had become a Dad the year before. I ended up playing just the one - Tribal Earth down in Sussex, which a friend of mine helps organise and which the family came to.
A few years ago I wrote a song called motorway song. It was initially written about a car I used to have, a Fiat Panda. It only had four gears so going anywhere long distance was a noisy experience. You felt like you were travelling at 110mph when in fact you were just doing 50mph.
I'm not really one to enter competitions. I think the last time I won something was many years ago whilst working at a bookshop. I did a book display for some law books called Nutshells where we filled the window with loads of old monkey nut shells suspended in celophane. The display got entered into a competition and won first prize, for which I received an mp3 player.
I have some new live videos I’ll be adding to the site soon. One is of my song Postcard, the others are from some recent gigs. I don’t have any new gigs booked in the diary though, for reasons explained below.
Things have been a bit quiet on the music front in my life recently while I've been busy being a Dad, doing the day job and training to run the London Marathon. I am however, finding more time to work on some of the song ideas I've been writing in the odd moment over the past few months and am excited over the prospect of new songs on the horizon.
In the lead up to Christmas I'm posting a track each day this week from my EP of Christmas Covers. First up is my acoustic cover of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas".
The book of short stories I wrote to accompany my album Postcards is now available on the Amazon Kindle store. It's free if you're a Kindle Unlimited member or just £2.45 if you're not. I decided to change the name of the book from the limited edition print version.
I've just uploaded a new video for my song Poppies that I made earlier in the week. The song features on my current album, Postcards and confused one reviewer who thought it was just about being lonely.
I meant to write a blog post a couple of months ago about taking a little break from things before becoming a Dad, but I've been too busy to write anything until now. Moving house also added to the extra busyness. I have just found a brief moment of time at 1:54am so here goes.
I've written a book of short stories called Postcard Stories to accompany my new album, Postcards, with each story being about a song from the album. It's 90 pages long and there are limited edition print copies available free with the album, or the album is free with the book, whichever you prefer.
Motorway Song from the new album Postcards was played on Tom Robinson's mixtape show on BBC 6music last night.
It's a beautiful sunny day, perfect for the release of my new album, Postcards. To celebrate here is a new video I made of the song Postcard from the album.
The CDs of my new album arrived in the post this week. The album is called Postcards and has been nearly 4 years in the making.
Just before the weekend French blog Cover and Remix featured my cover of New York New York on their website. Here's a link to their website and a reminder of the video I also made for the song.
It's been a while since I had some Sugardrum photos taken to use for promotion. The last proper photo session I had was on a cold Winter's day with rapidly fading light in Richmond Park. I was physically shaking it was so cold towards the end. With a new album being released in a couple of months I thought it was time to get some new photos done.